The bad-news Rs

No coffee for the GOP:

The people who find a way to pick the worst option among the many good ones are always the ones complaining about their bad luck. The classic example is the salesman that is not good at his job and never has a deal just fall in his lap, like the guys who are closing deals every day. The bad salesman swears he is just unlucky.

The Stupid Party makes this point regularly and we now have a great example of why the stupid are unlucky. For decades they have been hosing their voters, mostly because they can’t run a competent political party. Some portion of what they do is just a grift. They tell the voters one thing and then take a bribe to do the opposite. That’s just corruption.

Most of the GOP’s problems, however, are the result of incompetence. When presented with three options, all good, they find a fourth that is self-defeating. The political ineptitude is so breathtaking that many of their voters have concluded it must be deliberate. No one can be this dumb this often by accident. It’s why they have a revolt brewing in their primary.

One aspect of that revolt is the question of whether this candidate or that is sufficiently “electable.” I’m not convinced any of them are electable until one of them is actually, you know, elected. And regardless of the positioning of the Jaws of Victory, the GOP can find a way to snatch defeat therefrom.



  1. McGehee »

    15 February 2016 · 1:37 pm

    Yes, yes, Zman, we’ve known all this for quite some time. It is, in fact, why Jeb Bush is not already the nominee, and isn’t going to be — and why the at-least-until-last-weekend frontrunner is someone who’s turned out to be a Truther-Birther loon.

    One upside to Trump’s debate performance may be that D.C. Republicans reconsider their previously hinted preference for him over, say, Ted Cruz. McConnell can calculate the fallout from a SCOTUS cave as easily as any of us, and if he’s sane he doesn’t want Trump to be the nominee now any more than any other rational human being.

    But we’ll see.

  2. Bill Peschel »

    15 February 2016 · 3:02 pm

    I’ve been following Guido Fawkes lately. It’s a Brit political site, very snarky, and it’s showing me their pols are just as incompetent as ours.

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